Nail Trends

Nail Art Faux Textures

One of the hot nail trends of 2013 — on and off the runway — is a textured nail look. From caviar and confetti to matte and sand, the tactile feel is in. But what if grainy nails aren’t your cup of tea? We say, fake it. These faux textured looks are sure to spark some interest and can be done with little more than nail polish, acrylic paints, and brushes.


This opaque blue-green mineral gets its dimension from the many irregularities in the gemstone.


1. Prepare nails with a light blue gel base. Apply small amounts of blue, green, brown, white, and black water-based paints on a paper plate. Mix brown and yellow paints to create the creases in the stone.

2. Use partial green and black paints to outline the brown areas.

3. Dip your brush in water and create a watery mix of blue, green, and white. Apply this in sections over the brown areas, leaving “valleys” of the darker paint uncovered.

4. Dip your brush in water and blend.


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